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Long shot however, I'm trying to get in contact with a Jeep owner from Sydney, he may be a member here...
We had a very quick chat through the windows on Pennant Hills road at the end of last year, while I was moving the family to Vic. He had a Mopar tow hitch bezel, fitted to his 2014 GC Laredo with a very proud Jeep owner number plate. Just like to know how hard it was to fit the tow hitch to align with the US style cut out position. With the wife's horse on its way down to Vic I now need a tow hitch, so I'm told.. Now time to read all the info here and learn..
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Old 04-11-2016, 04:39 AM
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Re: The Towing thread

You can never have enough HP.....
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Re: The Towing thread

Setting up a Weight Distribution Hitch.

I received this today in an email.

http://withoutahitch.com.au/caravan/...2e71-194689605

It explains how to set up two different types of WDHs. Now, as I've never done this before (don't own a van, yet), it's new to me. But when I was at a caravan place recently, the fellow there said that you set the WDH up with the van attached to the car, but with the jockey wheel still supporting the weight of the van. You hook up the levers or chains with some pre-tension, then lower the jockey wheel.

That appears to be easier to do than what this page is doing using levers and such to tension the WDH.

Or not?
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Old 04-28-2016, 01:30 AM
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Re: The Towing thread

I think the only reason to hook up with the jockey wheel engaged is to relieve the pressure whilst connecting the WDH rods. Much easier. The overall load is only discovered when the hitch takes the load.
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JGC max tow rating

New member to this group. Lots of good info, Thanks.

First question: JGC is said to have a 7200# tow rating. But all the dealers near me in Northern California have max tow rated vehicles that specify 6200# and none with 7200. This is so for 2016 models with towing package. Has Jeep downgraded its rating? I am going by the specs that are published for each vehicle such as:New 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland For Sale | Elk Grove CA

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Re: The Towing thread

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I think the only reason to hook up with the jockey wheel engaged is to relieve the pressure whilst connecting the WDH rods. Much easier. The overall load is only discovered when the hitch takes the load.
Yes, I know. That's what I asked. So, why did this mob explain how to do it with the levers and such? Why not just lower the jockey wheel to take up the load?
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Re: JGC max tow rating

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New member to this group. Lots of good info, Thanks.

First question: JGC is said to have a 7200# tow rating. But all the dealers near me in Northern California have max tow rated vehicles that specify 6200# and none with 7200. This is so for 2016 models with towing package. Has Jeep downgraded its rating? I am going by the specs that are published for each vehicle such as:New 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland For Sale | Elk Grove CA

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May only be a 2 x 4 wheel drive model.
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New member to this group. Lots of good info, Thanks.

First question: JGC is said to have a 7200# tow rating. But all the dealers near me in Northern California have max tow rated vehicles that specify 6200# and none with 7200. This is so for 2016 models with towing package. Has Jeep downgraded its rating? I am going by the specs that are published for each vehicle such as:New 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland For Sale | Elk Grove CA

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According to this Jeep Grand Cherokee Models | Quick Comparison Chart it is only the Laredos that are down rated to 6,200lbs. The only difference that I can find is that the Laredos have 17" wheel whereas the others have 18" or 20" wheels but I can't see how that would be relevant. But then there is this 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Off-Road Capability Features which implies that it is only the 3.6L Pentastar that is down rated. So there is a contradiction, not unusual for Chrysler
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JGC max tow rating

Figured it out. 7200 # Tow Rating requires Trailer Tow Group IV. This apparently is not common for JGC on dealors' lots. Thus the fall back to class III hitch and 6200 # tow rating. Thanks for your input.
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Re: The Towing thread

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Mjt57.

I currently have a straight run to the back of the car that is permanently live. I will be modifying this to have a solenoid, an internal battery charging point (fridges for the use of) and a spur to the outside on an isolator.

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Hi Adrian. Late reply, (I don't know if I did earlier, sorry). Anyway, it looks like we've found our van. It has TWO Anderson plugs. One is for the van's DC electrics. A smaller red colored one with lighter gauge wiring to it may be for the Al-ko ESC unit. I don't know why that one has a separate power supply.

Interestingly, the smaller one has two conductors going into each pole. Not sure why that's done that way other than to perhaps double the current carrying capacity. But if so, why not just use heavier gauge wiring?

So, I have two questions here:

1. How did you run your main Anderson cabling (from the battery) through the car and more importantly, to the outside of the vehicle?

2. Can I make up an adapter which joins the two Andersons together so that they both get their power from the one plug coming out of the car?

I'm not going to switch it for now. It'll be on permanently. I'm thinking that any stops along the way would be brief enough for the van not to drag the battery down too much.

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Re: The Towing thread

Martin, most offroad vans have a seperate anderson plug for the esc so it can be disconnected in offroad conditions as it may active in these conditions.
I have run mine through the 12 pin and have a switch wired in so I can turn it of if needed.
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Re: The Towing thread

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Martin, most offroad vans have a seperate anderson plug for the esc so it can be disconnected in offroad conditions as it may active in these conditions.
This van isn't an off-roader. So turning it on and off won't be an issue.

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I have run mine through the 12 pin and have a switch wired in so I can turn it of if needed.
Which one? The ESC or the normal DC supply (Anderson plug) to the van?

The van has a 7 pin plug which looks like it's seen better days, despite being only 3 years old. I'll be getting a flat plug fitted. The Jeep has a flat 7 pinner. But I'll upgrade it to a 12 pin and have the equivalent fitted to the van and will run the ESC through it, rather than through a separate Anderson plug.
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